Are Eggs Bad for You?
I’ve had many of my clients ask me what to eat and what not eat. Many of my clients have different ideas of what is good to eat and what’s bad to eat. Many of my clients think that eating carbs is the devil and that eating eggs is bad for the heart but what is the truth?
Over the years the medical community has gone back and forth about different foods being good and different foods being bad for us. It seems that everything goes in cycles. When it comes to eggs we’ve thought for a long time that they’re bad for our health but new scientific research has shown otherwise.
Eggs get a bad reputation because of the high cholesterol in the egg itself but eating eggs does not necessarily raise cholesterol because the body makes it on its own. When egg consumption was studied researchers found that people that ate more eggs had an increase in good cholesterol which helps clear out the bad stuff.
Personally, I eat 3 eggs every morning with my breakfast and my cholesterol numbers are just fine. I make sure to get a lot of fiber in my diet. I eat lots of plants to help keep my numbers where they should be. Working out 6 days a week also helps to keep my numbers in check.
Here are some more reasons to say yes to eating eggs.
They’re packed with protein
Protein is very important to the body because it builds and repairs tissue. One egg has about 6 grams of protein at only 80 calories which a great bang for the buck. Eggs also have the highest biological value score of any protein coming in at 93.7 points out of 100 points which means that the protein that is in an egg is highly useable for the body. Eggs also have a complete protein like meat and milk which means it covers the range of amino acids that the body needs and can’t make itself. Egg white contain all nine essential amino acids; A tip is to add some egg whites into the mix to boost the protein power of the meal without a big calorie boost.
Eggs are packed with vitamin b12. I’m sure you’ve heard of b12 in the news or on social media. This vitamin is important because it helps convert food into energy. A diet high in this vitamin can help promote a healthy heart, energy and athletic performance. Two large eggs can provide 22% of your daily value of b12 which is great considering how little calories each egg has. Remember if you want to get the b12 you must eat the egg yolk because this is the part of the egg that has b12 in it.
Eggs keep you full
Adding some eggs to your daily meal will help you stay full longer because of the protein and fat in the egg. A diet high in these macronutrients will help you with food cravings during the day. A diet high in protein will help you stay full and avoid the snacks during the day.
Eggs are a great snack
If you enjoy hard boiled eggs you’re in luck because they make a great low calorie snack that is high in nutrients. When you’re sitting at the office looking for food some of the things around you aren’t the best choice. If you pack some hard-boiled eggs in your lunch box, you will be armed to fight against all the office junk food that is around you. A tip is to make a bunch of hard boiled eggs over the weekend so that you can enjoy them at work. You can also add eggs to salad to get a protein packed lunch.
Eggs are a great way to cover some holes that are in your diet like b12 and protein. They can keep you feeling full longer than other foods because they’re packed with protein which takes longer to digest than other macronutrients. Research is showing that eggs are not harmful to your health as thought before. Eggs are an easy choice for a snack because they’re low calorie and nutrient dense.